Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Plein Air Painting: Red Rocks"
August 13-17, 2018
 

Explore Denver and paint the Red Rocks with Kim English! Red Rocks are a part of a geological fault that runs along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains for many miles. The rocks have been tilted up and worn away to reveal what we see today. These unique formations, along with strong lights and shadows, create an inviting space for Plein Air Painters. Students will learn how to interpret color and the play of light in plein air painting. The importance of composition, values, color relationships and atmospheric perspective will also be discussed. Towards the end of the week, there will be a review of the work that was created during the workshop. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kim English
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Premium Colorado Plein Air"
August 19-24, 2018
 

Join Randall Sexton as he shares his own technique and joy of painting on location, en plein air. While the fundamentals of painting en plein air will be reviewed, demonstrated, and discussed, the class is designed to encourage the experienced artist to stretch their own boundaries, in an effort be “in the moment” in any location. Join us for this Premium Workshop: 6-8 student maximum with all the perks. All-inclusive, private room, three meals daily, appetizers after class, and wine or beer with happy hour and with dinner. We can accommodate any dietary issues you may have. Don't miss this great opportunity! Primarily an oil painter, Randall is open to other mediums in the class. Students of all levels are welcome.
 
Location: Pueblo, Colorado
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Art In the Aspens Workshops
Website, (719) 545-2795


"Exploring Pastel Painting & 'Do You Have Rhythm'"
September 28, 2018
 

This class is designed to suit the beginner, as well as the continuing student desiring to extend their range of skills. The instructor will demonstrate pastel techniques that will include blending colors and working from the background to the foreground. Participants will complete a painting during the morning segment. Artists get excited when they create a painting that has punch. One of the key elements to a painting is its rhythm. This workshop is aimed at helping you compose paintings that have repetition, shadow patterns, and/or alternating shapes. You’ll find yourself completing a painting with a sense of drama and movement.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"A Different Approach to Painting; Cropping & Rethinking the Landscape"
September 29, 2018
 

Invite the viewer into your painting. Cutting off objects at the edges can have the effect of bringing the viewer into the painting and can create the illusion of events happening beyond the paper’s edge. Learn to decide where the outer edges of the painting should be and how they should contain the subject through careful cropping. Pre- and post-cropping techniques will be explored as you complete a painting. This workshop will explore creating multiple pastel paintings of the same landscape using techniques such as cropping and reformatting. Your instructor will share her clever ways of squeezing the last bit of energy out of an idea. Experience the rush of creative thinking!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Keeping it Simple & Glow"
September 30, 2018
 

Create beautiful landscapes with a minimal amount of color and strokes. This workshop is an enjoyable alternative to putting down a lot of information about the subject matter that you are painting. You will focus on little landscapes full of color patches and natural shapes. One of the outstanding properties of pastels is its rich glowing color. In this workshop, you will learn how to take advantage of the nearly pure pigment of the pastel medium. Fine tune your powers of observation, develop your own color palette, and create your personal statement within your paintings, all with the glowing color of pastels.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Luminous Landscapes in Oil and Cold Wax"
September 30, 2018
 

Discover the translucent beauty of painting with oil and cold wax medium! Experiment with free and bold abstract landscapes with this delicious medium and Arches oil paper. Unlike with hot wax, you need no appliances to achieve maximum cold wax goodness. You can add and scrape off layers as you want to, so no need to be concerned about mistakes! You’ll work on several pieces at once, using tools such as squeegees, bamboo skewers, rubber jar openers, combs, and more. In addition to painting, we’ll explore incising, using paint sticks, painting knives, oil pastels, and adding collage elements. Join me in exploring this unusual and interactive medium. You’ll leave with several gorgeous pieces!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Serena Barton
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Plein Air Painting: Boulder, Colorado"
October 9-12, 2018
 

Join Jane Hunt in colorful Colorado where students will paint on location to create plein air studies. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of plein air painting and how it can improve their studio work. Jane will teach students how to create and stick to a value plan, composition strategies for the field, how to deal with the changing light, and will share tips to use atmosphere and perspective to one’s advantage. She’ll also demystify color theory by showing how to simplify one’s palette, create harmony, and mix colorful greys to unify paintings. There will be demonstrations, discussions, handouts, and lots of painting time and individual attention.
 
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Instructor: Jane Hunt, www.janehuntart.com
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


 

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